Early one morning at the AEE 2016 Expo, I literally ran into Ryan Driller(@RyanDriller) with my coffee in hand. Still in the daze of unusual morning hours and hair and makeup routine the rest of the crew did not have to go through, I was not quite all there I have to admit. But I was pushed in the right direction literally and ran into Ryan Driller who was kind enough to take time to speak with Strip Club Journals.
Half asleep and in my morning daze I had a conversation with Ryan Driller that was supposed to be an interview, but ended up to be more like a conversation. He has a way of putting people at ease while being charismatic at the same time. This was extremely surprising and took me aback, setting him apart from the rest. We joked about what it was like to be “kind of a big deal” and Ryan shared stories of excited fans in grocery stores. Those being his most uncomfortable fan experiences.
In person I was impressed with Ryan Driller. Not only did he have his career on a path and longevity in the adult film industry, but he willingly shared charisma with a genuine smile. This was his eighth AVN Expo/Awards, so this was nothing new to him. Little did I know what a big deal Ryan Driller is in the adult film industry. Unplanned interviews are always the best and most organic.
Ryan Driller left me with a good feeling about the adult film industry. We had a kind, genuine, educated exchange even though I had no clue who he was. Had I known all I know now I would have been really nervous to speak with Ryan Driller, let alone interview him. He was just a guy and I was just happy to not have spilled my coffee on him. At times being a small town girl at heart really does blow my mind(pun intended).
Now after research, I realize the unique journey Ryan Driller/Jeremy Bilding has taken through the adult film industry. Never in person did he lead on to how large his accomplishments are. He is a humble person, which made him approachable. In person I was beyond impressed with him in so many ways. Little did I know by researching and talking to people I would find out what a fancy person Ryan Driller is in the adult film industry. He has evolved through the industry from someone who did gay porn and straight porn. Then did a total cross over into mainstream adult films. He even took a pay cut to be the first successful male cross over in the adult film industry(straight men get paid less than gay men in the adult film industry). This was something I could respect, setting boundaries even though they have a literal monetary price tag. This is a reoccurring theme throughout the adult industry that cannot seem to be fathomed by the “real world”.
In person Ryan Driller told me that separation of work and real life is just that, “It’s Work, It’s work,” he said with a nonchalant look on his face like he was a garbage man speaking of work.
From Denver, Colorado originally Ryan Driller seems like the cute guy who lives down the street. It is no wonder why women hassle him at the grocery store. His personality matches his good looks and he has the “it” factor that can make or break an entertainer of any kind.
With coffee in hand it was a pleasant surprise to start a day at the AEE 2016 Interacting with Ryan Driller.
Another “morning” at the AEE 2016 again with my coffee in hand I stumbled upon another amazing interview: Lexington Steele(@LexSteele11 & http://www.LexingtonSteele.com). He has been in the industry for nearly 20 years and was someone I had never heard of before we met at AEE 2016. The theme of longevity in the adult industry film industry seemed to naturally create itself merely through interactions.
Lexington Steele was kind and even pulled out a chair for me so we could sit and have a conversation on the edge of the buzzing crowd full of press and fans. By the crowd, I could tell I found a gem. My first question(as usual), “Is this your first year at the AVN Expo?” He politely answered, “No, this is my 18th AVN Expo/Awards.” At this point I knew he was the one I could ask my real open-ended questions to as to what it is really like to be an adult film actor in the long-term.
The main thing that stuck out about Lexington Steele besides his manners and being so down to earth was his quote, “It is a business.” I did not quite understand the emphasis he put on this simple statement until the research came into play. Lexington Steele was a stock broker on Wall Street before he became a full-time adult actor in LA in 1998. With his degree from Syracuse University and a lucrative career in NYC, Lexington Steele became apart of the adult industry for a better quality of life. The corporate style quality of life just was not for him.
In his career, Lexington Steele has acquired over 25 AVN Awards and is the first male to win Male Performer of the Year Award three times. Also, he is more than just an adult actor. In 2003 Lexington Steele started his own production company(Mercenary Motion Pictures), and it is still growing till this day, He resides as CEO on the company board. Directing is also something Lexington Steele added to his resume, as well as mainstream television appearances such as on the tv show “Weeds”.
Lexington Steele has made a career out of the adult film industry. He branched out into so many different aspects of the adult industry/entertainment industry, thus allowing himself residual income once he stops working actively on-screen. Taking the multidimensional path may not be easy, but it is a sure way to guarantee yourself a career in any industry.
Success and longevity have commonalities throughout the universe.
Ps. Thank you to http://www.Studio83clubwear.com for helping with my clothing and shoes by night and at the 20116 Adult Webcam Convention. Bob Layton(@bobstudio83) is a generous kind soul who blessed a select few of us ladies in the adult industry with his presence & style to further our careers. Style, fashion, and appearance cannot be forgotten in the adult industry. <3